Beal, who is the only player in the league with a no-trade clause, is expected to waive it for the Suns, who are sending Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, multiple second-round picks, and pick swaps the other way.
That the Wizards are not getting a single first-round pick in exchange is surprising, to say the least. Beal, a three-time All-Star, is one of the most potent scorers in the NBA so one would think the Wizards would get at least one first-rounder in any trade involving the soon-to-be 30-year-old.
Given that it’s not the case, fans are urging Silver to block the move in the same manner the late David Stern vetoed CP3’s trade to the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2011.
There was interest from the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks, though the Heat are reportedly keener on pursuing a trade for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
The Wizards were reported to be working together with Beal to find a suitable trade given the clause in his deal. The guard agreed to a five-year, $251 million max contract last July that gave him the power to block any trade unless he wants the move.
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